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Fisheries Issues Spill Over Into Protests

The Newfoundland and Labrador fishery has been hit hard by 2017 quota cuts to two of the key and most profitable species. Earlier this year, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced a 63 per cent cut to the inshore Northern shrimp quota in Fishing Area 6 — meaning the total allowable catch for SFA 6 went from 48,196 tonnes in 2015 to 27,825 tonnes in 2016, to 10,400 tonnes announced for 2017. This amounted to a 78 per cent quota reduction over two years. In the wake of ...

Expanding Markets for Canadian Lobsters Through Marketing and Branding

With spring galloping along at a brisk pace, the lobster market becomes flooded as many areas re-enter the fishery after laying low over the winter months. This is the case for harvesters in New England and most of the Maritimes, but not for Southwest Nova Scotia, where over 1,600 vessels ply the waters between Digby and Halifax. With the emergence of larger fishing vessels, many harvesters in Digby, Yarmouth and Shelburne Counties fish the whole winter, albeit not every day, but as ...

Back on the Water: Signs Point to Good Spring Season for P.E.I. Lobster Harvesters

April 26, 2017 dawned on Prince Edward Island with a roar of engines as more than 1,000 boats sailed from their home ports to the, hopefully, fertile lobster grounds around the province. The weather was ideal, a far cry improvement from some setting days in recent years, when obstacles like harbours choked with ice and dangerously high winds have made major problems for harvesters. But there was nary a sniff of bad tidings this year as the fleet set sail for Lobster Fishing Areas (LFA) 24 ...

Gulf Snow Crab Quota Even Higher Than Expected

The snow crab supply picture from Atlantic Canada is coming into better focus. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced in April that the quota in the Southern Gulf, which was 21,725 tonnes last year, will more than double to 43,822 tonnes this year. Combined with the Newfoundland quota of 35,419 tonnes, total Canadian harvests from the two primary producing areas will total 79,241 tonnes of crab, or nearly 175 million pounds of live crab if the entire quota is caught. In ...

Changing Course

P.E.I. Lobster Harvester Sells License to Follow Dream of Opening Craft Brewery What’s that old business saying? “Location, location, location.” We’ll, nobody bothered to share that gem of wisdom with fishermen-turned-brewmaster Eric Wagner. And you know what? It probably wouldn’t have made much difference anyway — turns out if you sell a good beer, people will go out of their way to find you. Wagner spent 32 years as a fisherman, sailing out of western Prince Edward ...

N.L. Northern Shrimp Quota Takes Another Big Hit

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has announced a 63 per cent cut to the inshore Northern shrimp quota in fishing area 6 — meaning the total allowable catch for SFA 6 went from 48,196 tonnes in 2015 to 27,825 tonnes in 2016, to 10,400 tonnes announced for 2017. This amounts to a 78 per cent quota reduction over two years. These dramatic cuts to the harvest rate are not in line with the reduction in the Northern shrimp biomass, claims the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union ...

Clearwater Increases Investment in Arctic Surf Clam Fishery

Ian Smith, CEO of Clearwater Seafoods Inc. recently announced more than $5 million in new investments in Clearwater’s Arctic surf clam fishery. The investments in Glace Bay, N.S. and Grand Bank, N.L. will add new jobs, processing capacity and spur continued sustainable growth of the fishery. “Today’s investment is good news for local jobs, domestic seafood processing capacity and those looking for the very finest wild-caught surf clams from Atlantic Canada,” Smith said. “With ...

TriNav Fisheries Consultants Inc. Marks 10 Years in Business

2017 marks the tenth anniversary of TriNav Fisheries Consultants Inc. (TFC). TFC was established in 2007 to provide Fisheries Consulting services to the TriNav Group of Companies client base specifically designed to bridge gaps and support the different components of the fishing industry through business and economic consulting. Over the past decade, TFC has grown to include a staff of seven, with a presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador. TFC prides itself on ...

Up From the Ashes: Bay de Verde Plant Set to Re-Open This Spring

When overlooking the new modern fish plant adjacent to Bay de Verde harbour, it is hard to believe what transpired in the Northern Avalon Peninsula community nearly a year ago. An April 11 fire totally destroyed the Quinlan Brothers Ltd. seafood processing plant, devastating the community and impacting the employment of about 700 workers. Vice-President of Quinlan Brothers, Robin Quinlan, recently told CBC that plant construction is coming along well and the company is hoping to be up ...